When my mom was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s, I was only 25 years old. I was newly engaged and working my first full-time job out of college.I didn’t know anything about Alzheimer’s and I didn’t know anyone with a parent who had it.While all of my friends were reliving their college days, I was … Continue reading The Alzheimer’s Daughters Club Is Now Open to Join!
Ambiguous loss occurs when there is psychological absence with physical presence. This occurs when a loved one is emotionally or cognitively gone or missing, but still physically present. This can be caused by Alzheimer’s/dementia, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, addiction, depression, etc. With this type of loss, there is a loss without certainty, closure, or … Continue reading 7 Tips for Coping with Ambiguous Loss/Grief
As you may know, my family cared for my mom at home for the entirety of her Alzheimer’s journey. There were many factors that allowed us to do so successfully—one of them being hiring in-home care. It wasn’t exactly a smooth transition, but there were several things we did that made it successful in the … Continue reading Tips for Starting Home Care for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s
I’m so excited to introduce the Alzheimer’s Daughters Club! It’s the club you never thought you’d want to be a part of! But trust me, you will definitely want to be a part of this club! The Alzheimer’s Daughters Club is a membership group that provides support, connection, and understanding for Alzheimer’s Daughters. If you … Continue reading Introducing the Alzheimer’s Daughters Club!
I don’t know about you, but I knew next to nothing about Alzheimer’s when my mom was diagnosed with the disease. I never knew anyone else who had it and like so many, I thought it was just about memory loss. I learned so much over the ten years that my mom lived with the … Continue reading 6 Things I Wish I Would Have Known When My Mom Was Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
When you love someone who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, you often feel alone in your thoughts and feelings. You may wonder if anyone else thinks the same thing or feels the same way. I hope to reassure you and normalize the thoughts caregivers may have while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. These … Continue reading 9 Thoughts I Had While My Mom Was Living with Alzheimer’s
I often get asked what I did to cope with my mom’s Alzheimer’s while she was living with the disease for ten years. While I’ve written about each of these things before, I’ve never compiled a list of all of them together. So, here’s a list of the four things that helped me cope with … Continue reading 4 Things That Helped Me Cope with My Mom’s Alzheimer’s the Most
All of the hype surrounding a new year and making resolutions or goals can be enough to make an Alzheimer’s caregiver feel like you are failing in more ways than one. When I was helping to care for my mom with Alzheimer’s, the last thing I needed was a resolution to do more of anything. … Continue reading 8 Things All Alzheimer’s Caregivers Should STOP Doing This Year
I hated the hype of a new year when my mom was living with Alzheimer’s. It seemed like everyone was given the promise of a fresh start—a new beginning—except for me. I rolled my eyes at everyone with their goals and resolutions because it made me feel like I was stuck or behind in some … Continue reading Don’t Pressure Yourself to Live Up to the Hype of a New Year
I wrote the poem in the photo below and gave it to my mom for Christmas when I was in 8th grade. She must have loved it because she hung it up on the wall in the downstairs hallway. It’s still there today. My biggest fear has always been that my mom didn’t know how … Continue reading Not Even Alzheimer’s or Death Can Take Love Away From Us